A Colombian activist working to address human rights abuses in Putumayo, a conflict-ridden region torn between guerrillas and paramilitary forces, will be at Colby this fall as the 2007 Oak Human Rights Fellow.
Nancy Sanchez works to document and denounce political violence and to support development of autonomous communities, civic and peace initiatives and organizations, and efforts of women, indigenous people, and Afro-Colombians to create new networks. Sanchez has been recognized by Amnesty International and received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies in recognition of the critical role her work has played in Colombia and in policy debates in the United States.
The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, established in 1998, annually brings to campus a prominent human rights practitioner. While in residence the Oak Fellow teaches, pursues research, and works with the faculty to organize lectures and other events centered around his or her area of expertise.